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Band together with Inline Orthodontics to Beat Bullying!

Inline Orthodontics, the only Specialist Orthodontics Practice in Stevenage, is conducting an anti-bullying campaign during UK Anti Bullying Week 2012 which runs from 19th – 23rd November and Jonathan was interviewed about it by JackFM Radio.

To mark the start of the campaign, a meeting is being held at our practice to discuss ways in which professionals in our Hertfordshire area can help young people who are being bullied.  Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland will be spearheading the start of the campaign followed by a moderated discussion with BeatBullying’s Director of Social Action and key members of the local community including head teachers, councillors, sports club leaders, family dentists and concerned parents who have been invited to participate.  We will hear from twelve year old Sarah from Stevenage who has been bullied because of the appearance of her teeth and received a Citizenship Certificate from her school for helping a fellow student with his brace. Happily, Sarah just finished her orthodontic treatment with fixed braces and is now smiling from ear to ear!

OUR INSPIRATION

Inline Orthodontics was inspired to participate in Anti-Bullying Week after UK research, published in the Journal of Orthodontics in December 2011, demonstrated a clear link between being bullied and malocclusion or ‘sticking out teeth’ and found that nearly 13% of adolescents aged between 10-14 years old examined for orthodontic treatment had been bullied. Participants reported a negative impact on both their self-esteem and quality of life. Our practice’s experience is that many young people seek orthodontic treatment to improve their confidence or after having been bullied at school about their dental appearance.  We intend to produce an action plan based on the findings of the meeting.

CALL TO ACTION

Jonathan Alexander-Abt, Principal Orthodontist at Inline Orthodontics commented “Bullying for whatever reason is deplorable and should never be tolerated. This research shows that a significant number of children are being bullied because of the position and appearance of their teeth. As a Specialist Orthodontist I feel that it is important to raise awareness of this and reassure young people that there is something we can do to help them.  If parents have concerns about their child’s dental appearance, in the first instance they should speak with their family dentist to see what can be done to help. Every child in the UK is entitled to a free assessment to see if they are suitable for orthodontic treatment on the NHS.”

  

Inline Orthodontics will be giving out a

BeatBullying’s 2012 ‘Making Bullying Unacceptable!’ wristband

to every patient who visits the practice in November!